Julie Farrell 🌈 @WeeRedWriter@alibelle What's your take on debut YA's in the UK market? Particularly ones set in the US? 🤔
How do you mean? By UK writers or the US influx? I personally have US taste so lean towards it anyway, but I do think UK authors need to be given more space. Though it is tricky when the current big thing is US.
Janelle McCurdy @JanelleLMccurdy@alibelle I see there's been a bigger influx of MG novels coming out lately, is there still a market for Upper MG fantasy/magical realism? :)
MG is the sweet spot at the moment for sure, though it’s becoming quite saturated, but I think there’s a market for the upper end!
Brandon Breen @BrandoBreen@alibelle Hi Alice. In my debut MG novel (which I'm currently querying), I have written two fictional field guides to the animals of my world (drowsy muskrat, etc.). I envision these as illustrated inserts in the novel. Do you think these help my project or hinder it from added complexity?
Well your vision may not end up being the final package but in terms of approaching agents, it shouldn’t hinder. We’re more concerned with the writing, story, characters and voice, generally.
Sophia Payne @Everlastingbeta@alibelle In an ideal world, do you prefer to communicate with your clients on the phone, face to face, via email, or on skype? Do you think technology has made communicating easier or harder?
My communication style depends on my clients. What works for them works for me, and F2F isn’t always possible particularly as I rep a lot of people overseas. Tech has made it all much easier, almost too easy though.
Shannon Balloon 🎈 is writing. @sballoon75@alibelle If you have someone's full, and they get an R&R from another agent, do you want to know?
Hmm. I think for me personally, I’d just rather be told another agent has asked for a bit of work on it and you’ll keep me updated. To be honest I’ve not been in that situation so I’m not entirely sure!
Joshua Lee-Jones @jplj_@alibelle Do @MMLitAgency run work experience/internship programs? I would love to become a literary agent and I’m trying to get as much of a foot in the door as possible. (P.S. what was your route to becoming an agent?) Thank you!
I worked as a bookseller, then assistant to an agent, then I got my current job! My route has been surprisingly smooth so I’m not the best example. I don’t think we do run anything at the moment but I’ll check.
Ian Lomond @IanLomond@UweStenderPhD @kianangu Thanks! I'm about to reach out to a few agents declaring my novel a great read for the crime market 😁
Should I include a mock up of the book cover? I'm not wedded to it at all but a picture can tell a thousand (or 70k) words, and perhaps move it to the top of the slush pile?
I would say: steer clear of declaring your book a good anything for the market, and never attach a copy of your cover. The goal is to be published traditionally, and publisher’s handle covers post-deal.
Marcie Price Jackson @MissMarciePants@UweStenderPhD @HRuthMiller Hi Dr. Stender! Thanks for answering our Qs! About a year ago, an editor asked that I send her my MS once I have an agent. Is that something I should mention in queries?
Hmmm, I am not sure it is necessary or helpful unless the editor was incredibly excited.
Joanna Delooze @josiejo127@UweStenderPhD TY for this! I've written a YA 'ensemble' book with more than 1 MC. Any suggestions on how to approach the query letter & synopsis? Finding it frustrating!!
Just state what the book is about and what it compares to.
Jennifer Mandula @JennyGHall@UweStenderPhD There are still several agents with the fulls of my manuscript. When I’m ready to query a new manuscript should I withdraw the old? Ask if they’d like the new? Query as normal?
Query as normal.
Kacie Renfro @kacie_renfro@UweStenderPhD I am writing a book with two perspectives, one of a teenager and the other her mom. What is more marketable with this setup, a YA book or an adult novel? It’s in the beginning stages, so before the I start developing major plot lines, I’m curious about this.
I don't know, I would have to read the book. But when I was a teenager, I would not have cared one millisecond about what my mother would have had to say. So, I guess my answer is: adult.
amber walters @amberla@UweStenderPhD I have trouble deciding if my B story/alternate POV has a place in my query or synopsis. It certainly adds culture, flavor, and tone, but I feel like adding it in a small space makes everything feel disjointed. Should I try to add it in anyway?
I am not sure what you mean. Mentioning that you have two POV's, or querying in the voice of them? Don't, for all that is holy to you, query in the voice! Mention, yes.
Kayla McGrath 🌼 @KaylaMcGrath_@UweStenderPhD How do you feel about fae/fey books in the YA market? Is it still going strong?
Faes are always popular. They've been around for centuries. They will remain around.
Catherine T. Ricardo @CathyTRicardo@UweStenderPhD #askagent Since silence means rejection from some agents, how long would you wait before querying a different agent at the same agency? (I know some agencies share submissions and say "a rejection from one of us can be considered a rejection from all" - I'm not including those)
3 months, but tell the newly queried agent the history of this.
Susan Burdorf @sburdorf@UweStenderPhD If you were to recommend three resource materials to authors in regards to craft what would they be?
1. Donald Maass: WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL
2. Donald Maass: WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL WORKBOOK.
3. No idea.
🇵🇷🌻🦋Selena DelValle🌎🦈 @selenadv7@UweStenderPhD @little_mswriter If agents ask for partials, fulls, or request from pitch events and don't respond even after nudging a couple of times, is it safe to say they're not interested? Always figured if an agent asks for materials, they would respond.
If I were you, I would consider it a pass, and frankly, if they requested it, and then can't be bothered to give you the courtesy of a response, I would permanently remove them from any current or future querylists. They'd be dead to me.